All posts by Jeremy Hsu

Microsoft’s AI Research Draws Controversy Over Possible Disinformation Use

Post Syndicated from Jeremy Hsu original https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/robotics/artificial-intelligence/microsofts-ai-research-draws-controversy-over-possible-disinformation-use

AI capable of automatically posting relevant comments on news articles has raised concerns that the technology could empower online disinformation campaigns designed to influence public opinion and national elections. The AI research in question, conducted by Microsoft Research Asia and Beihang University in China, became the subject of controversy even prior to the paper’s scheduled presentation at a major AI conference this week.

Google’s Quantum Tech Milestone Excites Scientists and Spurs Rivals

Post Syndicated from Jeremy Hsu original https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/hardware/googles-quantum-tech-milestone-excites-scientists-and-spurs-rivals

Quantum computing can already seem like the realm of big business these days, with tech giants such as Google, IBM, and Intel developing quantum tech hardware. But even as rivals reacted to Google’s announcement of having shown quantum computing’s advantage over the most powerful supercomputer, scientists have welcomed the demonstration as providing crucial experimental evidence to back up theoretical research in quantum physics.

What Google’s Quantum Supremacy Claim Means for Quantum Computing

Post Syndicated from Jeremy Hsu original https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/hardware/how-googles-quantum-supremacy-plays-into-quantum-computings-long-game

Google’s claim to have demonstrated quantum supremacy—one of the earliest and most hotly anticipated milestones on the long road toward practical quantum computing—was supposed to make its official debut in a prestigious science journal. Instead, an early leak of the research paper has sparked a frenzy of media coverage and some misinformed speculation about when quantum computers will be ready to crack the world’s computer security algorithms.

How Language Shapes Password Security

Post Syndicated from Jeremy Hsu original https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/security/how-language-shapes-chinese-and-english-password-security

No matter the differences in language and culture, both Chinese- and English-language Internet users apparently find common ground in using easily guessable password variants of “123456.” But a recent study comparing password patterns among the two languages also found notable and unique features in Chinese passwords that have big implications for Internet security beyond China.

How YouTube Paved the Way for Google’s Stadia Cloud Gaming Service

Post Syndicated from Jeremy Hsu original https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/how-the-youtube-era-made-cloud-gaming-possible

Google’s vision is that any device that can play YouTube videos will also have access to cloud gaming through Stadia

When Google’s executives floated a vision for the Stadia cloud gaming service that could make graphically intensive gaming available on any device, they knew the company wouldn’t have to build all the necessary technology from scratch. Instead, the tech giant planned to leverage its expertise in shaping Internet standards and installing infrastructure to support YouTube video streaming for more than a billion people worldwide.

This AI Watched 100 Films to Learn How to Recognize a Kiss

Post Syndicated from Jeremy Hsu original https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/robotics/artificial-intelligence/ai-learns-how-to-pucker-up-from-hollywood

A senior data scientist at Netflix trained an AI to detect kissing scenes in films—and had to take precautions to make sure the model didn’t confuse kissing with sex

Like someone who has never been kissed, AI began learning the basics by binge-watching romantic film clips to see how Hollywood stars lock lips. By training deep learning algorithms that have already proven adept at recognizing faces and objects to also recognize steamy kissing scenes dramatized by professional actors, a data scientist has shown how AI systems could gain greater insight into the most intimate human activities.

To Fly Solo, Racing Drones Have a Need for AI Speed Training

Post Syndicated from Jeremy Hsu original https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/robotics/drones/to-fly-solo-racing-drones-have-need-for-ai-speed-training

The U.S. military and defense industry see drone racing as a new frontier for AI development

Drone racing’s ultimate vision of quadcopters weaving nimbly through obstacle courses has attracted far less excitement and investment than self-driving cars aimed at reshaping ground transportation. But the U.S. military and defense industry are betting on autonomous drone racing as the next frontier for developing AI so that it can handle high-speed navigation within tight spaces without human intervention.

Machine Learning Predicts Kids at Risk of Not Getting Vaccinated

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Predictive computer models could prompt physicians to talk with families who are skeptical of vaccines

Growing skepticism toward vaccines has sparked a flareup of measles outbreaks affecting New York City neighborhoods, cruise ships, international airports and even Google’s Mountain View headquarters. To help family physicians reach out to vaccine-hesitant parents, data scientists have shown how computer models can predict the likelihood that an individual child’s parents will not get him or her vaccinated.

Floating Cell Towers Are the Next Step for 5G

Post Syndicated from Jeremy Hsu original https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/internet-balloons-and-drones-look-to-rise-in-the-5g-era

Terrestrial 5G networks will support high-altitude balloons and drones, and could someday merge with them

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As the world races to deploy speedy 5G mobile networks on the ground, some companies remain focused on floating cell towers in the sky. During the final session of the sixth annual Brooklyn 5G Summit on Thursday, Silicon Valley and telecom leaders discussed whether aerial drones and balloons could finally begin providing commercial mobile phone and Internet service from the air.

How the U.S. Can Prepare to Live in China’s 5G World

Post Syndicated from Jeremy Hsu original https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/standards/how-america-can-prepare-to-live-in-chinas-5g-world

China’s first-mover advantage in deploying 5G networks capable of transforming national economies has major implications for the United States

5G report logo, link to report landing page

If you believe the triumphalist messaging from U.S. president Donald Trump’s White House and from the U.S. telecommunications industry, the United States is racing neck and neck with China in a global competition to roll out speedy 5G mobile networks. But the U.S. military’s premier advisory board of academic researchers and private sector technologists has warned that China’s front-runner position means it will likely win much of the world’s business in deploying 5G infrastructure and services. With that in mind, it has advised that the United States would be wise to adopt a strategy akin to “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”